Royals Select Dante Hannoun 11TH Overall In 2013 WHL Bantam Draft


Corey St. Laurent

May 2, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce the selection of centre Dante Hannoun with the team’s first selection, 11th overall, in the first round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Delta, BC native spent the 2012-13 season as the captain of the North Shore Winter Club Hawks Bantam AAA team. With the Hawks, Hannoun collected 151 points (63g-88a) and 46 penalty minutes in 63 games played to go along with a +114 rating.

“We are very happy to have chosen Dante with the 11th overall pick,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Dante is a dynamic talent who plays with intensity and he sees the ice as well as anyone in the game. He’s an intelligent player who can finish and makes his teammates better.”

Hannoun helped to lead North Shore Winter Club to the 2013 BC Provincial Bantam Tier 1 Championship as well as a silver medal at the 2013 Western Canada Bantam Championship. The 5-6, 145 lb forward also helped his team earn a gold medal at the prestigious John Reid Memorial Tournament this past season where he registered 11 points (6g-5a) in six games. Selected to participate in the 2013 U16 BC Cup, Hannoun notched one goal for Team Flyers en route to the BC Cup title.

The WHL Bantam Draft is an annual outing, in which the clubs of the Western Hockey League select players who have graduated from bantam. The draft’s order of selection depends on where the team finishes in the League standings. The Club’s that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery for the first round only. After the first round, the Club’s select in order from fewest to most regular season points.

During the bantam draft, players from the four Western Provinces and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to be selected. For the 2013 bantam draft, players born in 1998 may be selected.

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